4.3/10
87
14 user 1 critic

Fingerprints Don't Lie (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 23 February 1951 (USA)
The killing of Mayor Palmer is being placed on Paul Moody by fingerprint expert Jim Stover as Moody's prints were found on the murder weapon. When reporter Brad Evans places doubt in ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Samuel Newfield)

Writers:

(original screenplay) (as Orville Hampton), (based on a story by)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

I'll Get You (1952)
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When nuclear scientists are kidnapped and smuggled behind the Iron Curtain, an FBI man and a British agent are assigned to catch the kidnappers.

Directors: Seymour Friedman, Peter Graham Scott
Stars: George Raft, Sally Gray, Frederick Piper
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Lt. Dan Oliver, an American soldier in Korea, agrees to deliver a jade dragon statuette to a curio shop in Los Angeles. Soon after his arrival, he is murdered. Phil Ramsey and Ginny ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Richard Travis, Sheila Ryan, Sid Melton
Short | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Jewel thieves, operating under the guises of a Duke and a Duchess, hire the Ace Detective Agency, run by Russ Ashton, to baby sit an infant they have kidnapped and are using as a blind. A ... See full summary »

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Stars: Tom Neal, Pamela Blake, Allen Jenkins
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Seymour Friedman
Stars: Howard St. John, Ron Randell, Amanda Blake
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

"The Man from Cairo", a Michaeldavid production for distribution by Lippert, with Ray Enright the only credited director on the film print, finds Mike Canelli, the man from Cairo, nosing ... See full summary »

Directors: Ray Enright, Edoardo Anton
Stars: George Raft, Gianna Maria Canale, Massimo Serato
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Detective Michael Shayne and his girlfriend Joanne are on their way to be married when a scream from a nearby hotel room draws his attention to a pair of theatrical murders.

Director: Eugene Forde
Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Mary Beth Hughes, Sheila Ryan
Pier 23 (1951)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Private detective finds himself framed for the murders of a wrestler and a crooked referee, then for the murder of a mystery man posing as a new parolee from Alcatraz.

Director: William Berke
Stars: Hugh Beaumont, Ann Savage, Edward Brophy
Hi-Jacked (1950)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A truck driver stops on a rainy road at night to help a stranded motorist, but it turns out to be a ruse--he is attacked, knocked out and his truck stolen. Since he has a criminal record, ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Jim Davis, Marcia Mae Jones, Sid Melton
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death, has a strange, recurring dream in which his mother falls in love with a dangerous man (... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Jimmy Lydon, Sally Eilers, Warren William
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In Pittsburgh, PA, an F.B.I. agent works to undermine the Communist party, but his brothers and his teenage boy thinks he's a real Red.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, Philip Carey
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
James Stover
...
Carolyn Palmer
...
Hypo Dorton
...
Prosecuting Attorney
...
Nadine Connell
...
Police Lt. Grayson
...
Police Commissioner Frank Kelso
Richard Emory ...
Paul Moody
Dee Tatum ...
Connie Duval
George Eldredge ...
King Sullivan
...
Brad Evans
Karl 'Killer' Davis ...
Rod Barenger (as Karl Davis)
...
Defense Attorney
...
Syra - the Blonde Model (as Syra)
Edit

Storyline

The killing of Mayor Palmer is being placed on Paul Moody by fingerprint expert Jim Stover as Moody's prints were found on the murder weapon. When reporter Brad Evans places doubt in Stover's mind that the fingerprints were Moodys, he decides to investigate further with the help of the mayor's daughter Carolyn. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

HANDS OFF! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 February 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fingerprints  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV) (edited) | (New York opening)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Re-titled and edited down to less than 30 minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950s as part of a syndicated half-hour mystery show. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A sorry little cheapie
23 December 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This movie was clearly made on a low budget. Its idea of action is having a character open a balsa wood door. Rarely have I seen a movie so obvious in its poverty.

The lot has potential: A fingerprint expert's testimony sends a man to the chair. He is sure of himself and we don't like him. But he is convinced to reconsider and he does so. Indeed, he tries to solve the mystery. He knows he initially made a mistake.

The actors are rather wooden but OK. What really sinks it are the recurring attempts at comic relief: Sid Melton (of whom I have never before heard) keeps turning up. Generally he is an inept photographer.

Not only do his scenes defy logic: The police know he can't handle a camera. They wouldn't let him keep trying to snap photos at crime scenes. Also, though, he simply is not funny. He pushes so hard as to make Abbott and Costello seem like Restoration Comedy.

(He's demanding, too. It seems as if he keeps wanting us to say how adorable he is. As I say, I have never seen or heard of him before this but he is most unappealing here. And I in fact don't find him adorable.)

The studio must have done what it could to get this thing an audience. But they miscalculated. A terrible product, after all, does not lie.


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Fingerprints Don't Lie (1951) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?